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  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Beta 2–User-Driven Installation (UDI) Version 2

    Since the release of MDT 2010 Update 1 , our User-Driven Installation (UDI) engineering team has worked extremely hard at making the use of UDI much simpler for administrators and end-users to use.  This is the founding principle, or pillar, we focused on this past year.  This hard work of...
  • Blog Post: Brocade Fiber Switch Console (Java) Shuts Down when Accessing via HTTP

    If you run a lab or data center that includes Storage Area Networks (SAN) for shared storage then you’ve most likely run into switching technology .  For example, in our engineering lab we have 20+ physical hosts connecting to a fiber-based Host Bus Adaptors (HBA) and this requires the use of switches...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2012: A Frustrating Library that just will not go away! Forcibly Removing it

    We recently had a situation with our System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) that literally frustrated the crap out of me.  Don’t take that wrong, the product didn’t really cause the frustration instead it was the mis-use of the libraries in 2012 that did .  You see, you live &...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM & Failover Cluster Host Fails with Error 10429 – Older version of VMM Server installed

    Recently, I had the unfortunate task of moving the System Center VMM Database off of a SQL cluster over to a stand-alone version of SQL 2008 SP1.  This sounds extremely simple though it is unfortunate that it isn’t quite as simple as it possibly could be.  In this blog, I thought I would share...
  • Blog Post: Learning MDT 2012’s User-Driven Installation (UDI)

    After spending a lot of time talking to customers after we integrated code-name “Modena” into the powerful, and enterprise-ready Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 , it was obvious that our engineering team needed to spend some dedicated effort in helping customers get the right training for implementing...
  • Blog Post: Using WinPE Creator to Create Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) of your physical server

    In the past two posts , I’ve focused on the first two capabilities provided in the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit .  The primary scenario for this toolkit is to offer customers the ability to virtualize their physical servers when they don’t readily have System Center...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Hyper-V Role Successfully via Operating System Deployment Task Sequence

    During a ask-the-experts at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 in Las Vegas, a customer asked a question of how to utilize Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 to install Windows Server 2008/R2 and enable the Hyper-V role .  The customer had tried several things but to no avail as...
  • Blog Post: VhdCapture & VhdPrep: Using these tools to P2V your physical server to USB, Network Share

    In today’s post, I want to spend some time sharing how to use the virtualization tools that our team (MPSD Development) built as part of the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit (ConfigMgr P2V). In previous posts , I shared how ConfigMgr customers could utilize the toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Extending User-Driven Installation (UDI) in MDT 2012

    A key pillar in our rebuilt User-driven installation for MDT 2012 was to remove the monolithic approach and focus on building an extensible, lego-set approach to our UDI Wizard & Designer.  This is an important feature that allows developers, and some IT professionals with coding abilities,...
  • Blog Post: TaskList, TaskKill, Remote Machine, Spinning Process, and killing that runaway process! 2-steps!

    I’ve been dealing with a “application” these days that is absolutely driving me nuts. In short, this application that runs in user-mode context and displays data on the screen while locking the keyboard makes for a difficult situation when said application decides to “hang.”...
  • Blog Post: Changing Hyper-V Cluster Virtual IP Address (VIP) After Layer 3 Changes

    We recently had a change take place in our engineering lab that included a large set of layer 3 changes (IP, VLANs , Subnets, etc.) that caused us some downtime.  Although most of the issues are well documented, I found though that there was one that simply plagued me in finding the resolution. ...
  • Blog Post: VMM 2008 R2: Hyper-V Host is in Perpetual “Pending” State & VMM Service Crashes

    Recently, I was doing some Hyper-V physical hosts moving and I found that one Hyper-V host getting managed by VMM got in a state whereby it found itself “sick.”  I describe sick meaning that Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (VMM) could no longer manage the host (who was actually getting managed by...
  • Blog Post: Fighting Hyper-V Physical Host Time Drift – Utilizing NTP to Synchronize Clocks

    My team at Microsoft has an engineering lab, one of which, I’ve spent a lot of time designing and building that provides our team some robustness.  We run our own “mini” lab for our engineering purposes that runs very much like a large number of enterprises.  By this, I mean we have our own...
  • Blog Post: Introducing User-Driven Install (UDI) for MDT 2012 Update 1

    Our engineering team has had an amazing journey this past year with two key releases to help our customers improve their capabilities for deploying Windows in their enterprises.   As you know, we released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 in April of this year to coincide with the Microsoft...